A few weeks ago my Dad got me a copy of Wolf Hall from a charity shop. It's now on my to-be-read pile on my desk and will be read after Mrs Darcy Vs The Aliens.
On Saturday, The Culture Show (BBC) did a special on Hilary Mantel. She is a very intriguing writer and She did a good job to explain endometriosis as I know that it is a very serious condition that not many people know about. I know people who have this condition and when they explain it, people scratch their heads and just blame it on 'women troubles.'
I loved her approaches to writing:
- Trust your readers.
- Concentrate on sharpening your memory.
- Cut each page you write by one third.
- Work out what you want to say and write it in the most direct and vigorous way you can.
- "Do I take my own advice - not a bit."
- Mantel never wants her reader to feel settle - she doesn't want the reader to guess what the next sentence contains.
- Layers beneath every interaction.
- On rejection - series of doors slamming
- "Everyday I write I feel like a beginner" - there are no guarantees.
- Have to endure barren days. It can be slow as if it is the end of the world.
- A chapter can exist and you need to grab it quickly.
Here's a taster from YouTube.